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Undo Course Imports

Undo Course Imports

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It seems that users should be able to undo or delete items they have imported into courses. On the Import Content page under the Current Jobs section, it would be very helpful to have an option to remove, delete, or undo each import individually. Currently if a mistake is made when importing to a course the only option seems to be to reset the entire course content. With users importing various resources from other courses and commons regularly, this solution would save a lot of time and heartache when such mistakes are made. To ask users to reset the entire course content, or to go through the entire course content and find every file, page, or assignment that may have been connected to that import and delete them individually seems like unfair punishment for an easily made mistake. It seems this would also possibly encourage more users to embrace the Canvas Community and use amazing resources like Commons, without fear of making such a mistake, or the time consuming steps of importing to a sandbox first then importing to the desired destination.

50 Comments
bmackenzie
Community Member

I guess we could even have a select content option for each import to help identify and delete particular portions of an import. The select content process which exist for importing would be useful for this.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @bmackenzie ‌

I can see where something like this could be very useful.

I also wanted to connect you to a couple related ideas, while you were in this train of thought!

michelle_steven
Community Participant

This would be a great feature! There have been a number of times that I wish I could delete a full import.

dwillmore
Community Champion

This would be great.

kwiles
Community Member

Same! I have found a workaround by exporting course content, then re-importing course content, but only select what features/files, etc that I wanted. That way all my settings stay the same and I don't have to start from scratch, or spend hours deleting things. 

lsproat
Community Member

I completely agree! I wish there was a way to select the parts of a course or module that I wanted. 

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @lsproat ‌

If you are asking what I think, then that functionality already exists in the "Import Content from Another Canvas Course" function. Learn how at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9878-4152497985 

I hope this helps, and I wasn't off-base.

Kelley

timothy_maw
Community Champion

This would be a great idea. There are times I have accidentally imported the wrong content and then I have to spend time ciphering through the content and deleting what I don't need. I had an instructor accidentally pick the wrong course to import a few days ago and it ended up giving him a lot of work to go through and find what he actually wanted and what he didn't. Being able to "un-import" would be really nice.

nalanda_c
Community Member

I agree with this idea. It is going to be very difficult to manage course contents that has been accidentally imported.

j_keegan
Community Participant

Agree with all of the previous comments and I think this would be a great idea (as I have just created a scenario where "Undo Course Import" would be excellent to have!).

cholling
Community Champion

Hi Tim -- if you import the wrong course, why can't you just reimport the correct course and wipe over the incorrect one?

Just curious.

Cindy.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

As an Admin, I get a couple of these requests each semester where a teacher has setup course A (imported content, made changes, added things, etc) and then thinks they have moved to course B (and haven't) and does a second import (generally for a different course number altogether) and then wants us to undo it for them.

timothy_maw
Community Champion

Hi Cindy,

In my experience, whenever you import course content it does not overwrite the content that is currently in the course, rather it add to what is already there. There are times I would not want to wipe the material as well because we may have created content we want to use but, brought in the incorrect content at the same time, this option of being to undo an import would be the most beneficial.

cholling
Community Champion

Thanks, Tim.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

I would also like to see an option that would allow for not "undoing" the import for content that has been modified.

In other words, if a teacher has updated Page 7 of their latest import and then either accidentally selects to undo the import which Page 7 came from or opts to undo import for another reason that content which has been modified is not automatically selected to be unimported/deleted and most be individually selected (checkboxes) to be deleted.

cjr201
Community Participant

Nice to see the discussion changes coming back on.

ronmarx
Community Contributor

Too bad there isn't some feature that keeps track of course versions just like the Canvas feature that keeps track of an infinite number of content page versions.

Boekenoogen
Community Contributor

This would be a great addition to Canvas. 

dholton
Community Participant

Perhaps one way to do this would be for Canvas to automatically backup a course before an import is made (from Commons or elsewhere).  That way if there is a problem after the import, you could simply revert to the previous backup (even though that would be a little bit of a headache because you'd have to download the backup, reset the course, and then import the backup).

Or at least add an option in Commons and in importing - a checkbox that says "Backup your course(s) before importing?"

amyweimer7
Community Member

This would be great. I just did this and imported the wrong content in a course that already had content. I had to delete the items manually from the course.

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